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Tangalooma Whale Watch Cruises

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The humpback whale is known for their long migration journeys each winter, putting on a magnificent display of breaching, tail slapping and spy hopping as they make their way to warmer waters. South-East Queensland is one of the best places to view these amazing creatures, with up to 20,000 whales expected to journey past Moreton Island this winter. This is definitely something you don't want to miss!

Tangalooma operates daily whale watching cruises from June through until the end of October with departures available from Brisbane and Tangalooma. Board the largest dedicated whale watching vessel in Australia and see these majestic humpback whales in their natural environment as part of an awe-inspiring day tour. The cruise includes a light lunch onboard as well an extensive educational commentary by an Eco Ranger from Tangalooma's Marine Education and Conservation Centre (TMECC).

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Activities

  • Birdwatching

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The Boondall Wetlands lie on the edge of Moreton Bay between Nudgee Beach, Boondall and Shorncliffe. The wetlands include more than 1000 hectares of tidal flats, mangroves, salt marshes, melaleuca, grasslands, open forests and woodlands. This track passes through mangroves fringing the shores of Moreton Bay and the banks of Nudgee Creek. Birdlife abounds in the mangroves and a bird hide overlooks the tidal flats at the creek mouth. If you walk at low tide you will notice that these flats are vital feeding grounds for shorebirds. High and low tides in the mangroves reveal two very different worlds.

Boondall Wetlands Reserve

Boondall, Brisbane Area
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Boondall Wetlands lies on the edge of Moreton Bay between Nudgee Beach, Boondall and Shorncliffe and includes more than 1,000 hectares of tidal flats, mangroves, saltmarshes, melaleuca wetlands, grasslands, open forests and woodlands. The Indigenous Australians have lived at Boondall Wetlands for a long time and continue to have links with this land. The Nurri Millen art totems in the wetlands celebrate this culture. Boondall Wetlands has a diversity of wildlife. Mammals that live there include flying foxes, bats, possums and squirrel gliders. There are also a variety of frogs, reptiles and butterflies to be found within the reserve. An amazing variety of birdlife can also be found throughout the diverse vegetation types including mistletoe birds, tawny frogmouths, eastern curlews, kingfishers, rainbow bee-eaters, grass owls and wrens. At low tide, shorebirds feed on the mudflats. Cormorants, darters, egrets, ibis and herons can be seen year round. The Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre offers a range of displays and activities on the environmental and cultural heritage of the reserve for park visitors and organised groups. A track map brochure for Boondall Wetlands Reserve can be obtained from the Brisbane City Council Contact Centre.

Brisbane Lookout Mount Coot-tha

Mount Coot-tha, Brisbane Area
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Brisbane will come at you with riverside vistas around almost every corner, but it takes a short drive from the city centre and a few twists and turns up Sir Samuel Griffith Scenic Drive to find the city's best angle. Brisbane Lookout Mount Coot-tha provides a remarkable vantage point to view Brisbane and beyond. Set amongst beautifully manicured gardens and nestled in the natural bushland of Brisbane Forest Park, is the Summit Restaurant and Bar, Function Centre, Kuta Cafe, Gift Shop and Observation Deck. Interpretive facilities pointing out well-known Brisbane landmarks are located on the observation deck. On a clear day, you can take in striking views of Brisbane City and right out to Moreton Bay. By night, the spectacle switches on with the city lights and star-lit skies. There are also a handful of bushwalks around the vicinity of the Lookout. Take the Aboriginal Track down to Slaughter's Falls and keep your eye out for some original Aboriginal art. Mt Coot-tha is also scattered with picnic areas fully equipped with gas barbecues.

D'Aguilar National Park

The Gap, Brisbane Area
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D'Aguilar National Park is a huge, diverse park of scribbly gums and lush rainforest, sprawling over the hills and Mountains at Brisbane's back door. From the parks information centre join in a fun and informative Connect with Nature activity, or explore the wildlife displays at the South East Queensland Wildlife Centre. Enjoy great lookouts, walking tracks and picnic areas, also remote secluded camp sites for experienced walkers and navigators. At Jolly's lookout (wheelchair accessible), cook a barbecue while taking in the views over Samford Valley and listening to early morning birdsong. At Boombana, take a short rainforest walk among strangler figs and climbing vines. In the northern section of the park inspect the remains of the antique sawmill in the Gantry day-use area. Fit walkers can hike the Somerset trail to enjoy views of Somerset and Wivenhoe lakes. The rockpool at Rocky Hole is surrounded by eucalypt forest and is a great place for a cooling swim in summer. Campers can stay at Neurum Creek or the more remote Archer campground (four-wheel-drive access only). This huge park is a treasure trove close to Brisbane, offering a circuit drive of 90 minutes through a range of natural habitats.

Tangalooma Dolphin Feeding

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
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Moreton Bay is home to approximately 600 bottlenose dolphins and each evening as the sun begins to set across the water, a small pod makes their way to the shores of Tangalooma Island Resort. Since 1992, resort guests have had the opportunity to hand feed the dolphins as part of the Tangalooma wild dolphin feeding program. Currently up to 11 dolphins frequent the shores of Tangalooma, hunting, surfing and playing with fellow pod members. The jetty at Tangalooma is the perfect platform for viewing and observing these wild dolphins as they continuously entertain all with their inquisitive antics. A dedicated Dolphin Care Team records the dolphins’ behaviour each evening, monitoring growth, behaviour and interactions. Included in selected accommodation and day cruise packages is the opportunity to wade into the water to feed these playful creatures. Day guests travelling on the Dolphin Adventure Tour also have the chance to participate in this unforgettable experience.
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Samford Conservation Park and Bunyaville Conservation Park protect a community of spotted gums found only in the Brisbane region. Dry rainforest and freshwater ponds along seasonally flowing creeks also feature. Enjoy the Bunyaville track. Have a barbecue at the wheelchair-accessible picnic area. Ride your horse or bicycle. Dogs on leash are allowed, except where signs prohibit them. Education Queensland operates an environmental education centre in Bunyaville Conservation Park, with informative programs for schools and the public (bookings are required).

Moreton Island National Park

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
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Moreton Island National Park offers a playground of beaches, dunes, coastal heath, woodlands and shallow freshwater lagoons. Add a rocky outcrop and the historic Cape Moreton lighthouse and you have a recipe for discovery and relaxation. At the Cape Moreton information centre, investigate the history of the island. Stroll through the eerie, sandy landscapes of the Desert, Big Sandhills and Little Sandhills. Climb to the top of Mount Tempest - the world's highest stable coastal sand dune. Relax at one of five campgrounds or enjoy camping in one of the established camping zones along the beach. Swim in the clear waters of Blue Lagoon. Moreton Island is reached by boat from Brisbane.

Gotham City Dive Site

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
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Gotham City, north of Brisbane's Moreton Island, is one of the most spectacular dive sites in Queensland. Featuring a giant granite rock 15 metres tall, 40 metres long and 25 metres wide, with sheer cliffs off all edges, many divers compare the sight to a small version of the famous Uluru (or Ayers Rock). The rock is decorated with exquisite corals, including black coral trees and sea whips, and is a great place to see spotted eagle rays and wobbegong sharks. Snapper, batfish, gropers and barracuda are also regular visitors to Gotham City.

Curtain Artificial Reef Dive Site

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
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Curtin Artificial Reef is a popular dive site in Moreton Bay and is easily accessible from Brisbane. Since 1968, the Underwater Research Group of Queensland has been sinking large vessels, cars, tires and pontoons at this site to create a haven for the local tropical fish, gropers, trevally, abundant wobbegongs, rays and other schooling fish. This great underwater wrecking yard features 32 sunken vessels, the largest being former 50 metre coal barge the Bremer, which - like most of the other wrecks - has been cleared of obstructions so divers can safely enter and explore these impressive playground submerged in depths from 12 to 28 metres.

Flinders Reef Dive Site

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
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Moreton Bay Marine Park is home to Brisbane's only true coral reef and fully protected marine sanctuary, Flinders Reef. Scuba dive among an amazing array of marine life and coral, perfect for any diver. The walls, gutters, caves and pinnacles of this reef are covered in over one hundred coral species including staghorn, brain, plate and many others, as well as soft corals, gorgonians and sponges. On your dive, you'll discover that Flinders Reef also hosts more than 175 species of reef fish, invertebrates, turtles, stingrays, wobbegong sharks and even the occasional manta ray.
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